On December 11, 2012, the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit ruled that Illinois’ ban on the concealed carry of firearms was unconstitutional–and a clear infringement of the Second Amendment. This ruling was made just days before the events at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT, and was greatly overshadowed by the tragedy. In the ruling, Judge Richard Posner stated,
“One doesn’t have to be a historian to realize that a right to keep and bear arms for personal self-defense in the 18th century could not rationally have been limited to the home…21st century Illinois has no hostile Indians, but a Chicagoan is a good deal more likely to be attacked on a sidewalk than in his apartment on the 35th floor.”
Truer words could not have been spoken. This ruling could likely have a positive effect on the safety of Illinoisans, and it sets an example for the rest of the republic. However, the ruling may be appealed to a higher court.
Our rights under the Second Amendment didn’t change because of Adam Lanza’s actions in Newtown, CT. If we surrender our rights based on emotions, we are opening our society to true tyranny and increased violence.